Where We Belong-God's Unexpected Timing
Pastor Jason Butterick explores the "little" apocalypse of the gospel of Mark, revealing God at work behind the scenes towards redeeming the world. Often God's timing cannot be planned and seems to be interruptive and disruptive. Yet the plan for redemption is at work, even when the temples of the age fall and the empires of the world collapse. Our hopelessness does not restrain or eliminate God's hopefulness.
Entrusted: Problem Solving - Listening, Respect, and Relationship
Pastor Jason explores Jesus' final parable in the gospel of Matthew. Often this passage is read as a litmus test of charitable efforts. If we feed the hungry, offer drink to the thirsty, hand clothing to the naked, visit the imprisoned, we have done our part. These actions are not minimum requirements, they are expectations of fruit from a generous and compassionate life. It is not an earnings scheme, for the sheep receive an inheritance built at the foundation of the world. Grace enables us to extend love and mercy to the unworthy and undeserved. Because grace was already extended to us when we were unworthy and undeserving. The least in our lives are the very face of Jesus. Will we listen, respect, and have a relationship with the least and lost, or never see them as another child of God?
Entrusted: ROI- Talent Management
Pastor Jason explores the ready and prepared life requires a little daring to live fully in the joy of God. Are you ready to dare? Or are you scared? How we choose to play reveals the nature of our relationship with one who has already given us an advance on the dream of ultimate life and living.
Entrusted: Oil Management-Encouraging Decisions
Pastor Jason Butterick shares what it means to be prepared. In the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, Jesus reveals the necessity to be ready with what is needed to come into the wedding party, even when the groom is delayed. How are you preparing for the delay? Have you checked your supplies? Will you be caught having too little oil, not enough time, and stopped at the door after the opportunity has passed?
Entrusted: Rising Servants-From Rights to Responsibility
Pastor Jason Butterick shares how one is to seek greatness in the kingdom of God: by humility and servanthood. Often our chase of success comes at the expense of acts of service. When one asserts rights, one usually denies responsibilities. In the balancing act between vanity and humility, God encourages us not to seek public accolades and titles and preferred status or seating charts, but rather lifting the burdens of others. Will you lift a finger to help? It reveals the content of your character, the true nature of your relationship to God.
Thriving: Triple Crown
Pastor Jason Butterick explores what is the greatest commandment Jesus shared: love of God and its co-equal love of neighbor. While it is easy to say, it is harder to do and to live out. With our generosity, do we share our love? What does this neighbor loving look like? How can we do it?
Thriving: First Impressions
Pastor Jason explores one of our favorite subjects: taxes. But while the Herodians and Pharisees (a strange partnership to begin with) were trying to trap Jesus as a collaborator or traitor, Jesus reveals a greater truth: Pay your taxes, but even more so, show allegiance, faithfulness, obedience to God. Whose image and inscription is more important: The emperor's or God's? The image of God is whom and whose we belong to. Is that the image everyone sees?
Thriving: Leading to the Promise-
Pastor Jason Butterick examines the familiar story of the Golden Calf from the book of Exodus. The Israelites' disobedience did not begin with their worship of an idol; it began with their anxiety and fear of Moses' whereabouts and the trustworthiness of God's plan. Idols offer alternatives but never deliver on promises. Unless the mission brings us to the promised land, it will misdirect us to a land of broken promises. When you offer your gold to a god, does it give glory to God or glory to you?